The Islamic State purportedly released the previously released “The Shield of the Cross” in English. In the video, 2 soldiers with Turkey are forced to crawl on all fours before being burned alive. The video was originally released on December 22 in Arabic after Aleppo had been recaptured by Syrian government forces, backed by Russia.
BNO News reported that its release caused Turkey to shut down social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
The video came from the ISIS-controlled Syrian city of Al-Bab, which it uses as a command point for raids on eastern Aleppo, a mere 15-minute drive away. Turkey is currently trying to take Al-Bab, with Reuters reporting that “Turkish air strikes on Wednesday destroyed 67 Islamic State targets” in the city.
The ISIS video centers on Turkish airstrikes and civilians in Al-Bab allegedly killed by them.
The video begins with a brief about Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s involvement in Syria with Assad, Putin, and Obama. Turkey officially entered the Syrian Civil War in August. In November, Erdogan stated that Turkish entry in Syria was to end Assad rule, but he has since retracted that statement, according to Hurriyet Daily News.
Turkey is also using its involvement in Syria as a proxy war with the Kurdish Federation of Northern Syria – Rojava, which it views as a terorrist organization, according to Middle East Eye.
Later in the video, footage of alleged Turkish airstrikes in Al-Bab and ISIS-conducted suicide bombings are shown. The video includes footage of civilian casualties of alleged Turkish airstrikes in Al-Bab. Civilian casualties of Turkish airstrikes have been confirmed in the past, according to Human Rights Watch.
In the execution portion of the 19-minute video, two Turkish soldiers are shown in a cage with collars around their necks. In the video, ISIS calls them “dogs.”
The insult is especially meaningful in Islamic thought, as dogs are seen unclean and impure in Islam, according to Animals in Islam.
As the men are led out of the cages on all fours and lit on fire, the Arabic text reads:
You burned the Muslims, O Government of Turkey. So this will be your fate with the permission of Allah.
The video is reminiscent of the burning of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh in 2015, which can be viewed on Fox News here.
The BBC reports, “The Turkish army previously reported losing contact with two soldiers in northern Syria last month but it is unclear whether either are the men in the video.”
The video identifies the first executed prisoner as Fathi Shahin, 26 years old, from Konya. He is stated to be a border guard intelligence officer. The second man is identified as Saftar Tash, 21, a border guard.
Amaq News, ISIS’ press “agency,” previously reported on November 29 that they had captured two Turkish soldiers.
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